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Old 08-22-2008, 05:40 AM   #1
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Kubuntu system tray


Im total newbie.. I managed to mess my kde desktop.. Is there anyway to reset it completely?

However I added back those widgets.. taskbars, systray etc.. BUT the system tray ain't working anymore? None of the programs appear there. What should I do?
Old 08-22-2008, 05:46 AM   #2
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One sure-fire way to reset your KDE settings is to remove the .kde directory in your HOME directory. However, this will also wipe out a lot of data files for your KDE apps. This includes things like all your rules and mail account details in kontact/kmail, your kontact address list, your kalendar dates etc.

I have been in a situation like yours in the past. What I did was to close down KDE and log in with a different window manager. Then I re-named the .kde directory to .kde.old

Then I logged back into KDE and saw that I had default settings. After that I had a bit of a battle trying to identify and copy across settings from the .kde.old folder manually. I think that in the case of my kontact/kmail email rules I just set them up again (which was a pain). The kontact names were OK as I had a backup in that electronic business card format elsewhere, which I just imported.

Having said all of that, it might just be that the systray-like app is not running. I think it is called "kicker" - try running it by pressing alt-F2 and entering "kicker".
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Originally Posted by matthewg42 View Post
I have been in a situation like yours in the past. What I did was to close down KDE and log in with a different window manager. Then I re-named the .kde directory to .kde.old
Don't need to use a different window manager. Just log out, hit ctrl-alt-f3 and log in there. When you're done hit ctrl-alt-f7 to get back to the graphical login screen.

You may find the folder is called .kde3 rather .kde


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